2222 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA
This Toastmaster group is held every Tuesday night at in the back of the Earth Wind and Floor restaurant in Santa Monica. The average weekly group size for each meeting is around 20-30 people.
*We don't RSVP through this Meetup, so don' t let the 1or2 reservations fool you ~ it's a packed event!
Get there early:
If you’re nervous about meeting people, it’s best to beat the crowd there. It’s much easier to walk into a room with two people rather than a room with 30 people. The first person you’ll normally see is the sergeant at arms. He or she is tasked with setting up the room and welcoming people to the meeting. The Toastmaster of the Day (the person in charge of running that particular meeting) will usually be there early as well.
The benefit of getting there early is that you’ll meet people as they walk in. So if someone is busy preparing for the meeting, they’ll introduce you to someone who can tell you about the group and they in turn will introduce you to other people. Contrast this with walking in five minutes after the meeting has started where everyone is watching the first part of the meeting. Of course, sometimes we can’t control things like bad weather, traffic, a faulty GPS or our other commitments in life. So get there when you can, but try to shoot for fifteen minutes before the meeting is scheduled to start.
There is $2 valet parking and limited parking in the back. There is street parking around the area (free after 6 PM). The nearby Whole Foods has its own parking lot. You'll have to go inside to get it validated.
Food and beverages can be ordered at the restaurant.
Charge for Guests:
There is no charge for guests to attend any of the meetings. Guest may check out the meetings as often as they would like.
Last, but not least:
Bring the right attitude. Toastmasters can be a fun experience where you can make life-long friends. Try not to worry or get stressed, as a first timer, your only role will be saying hello!
And remember, everyone is here to better themselves and it’s okay to make mistakes. So show up, have fun and enjoy the positive vibes!